Teddy's Baby Blanket

I made my first baby blanket! My sister in law recently had her first baby, my nephew Teddy and I wanted to make them a blanket. I know, I know a little late to the party as most people start knitting a blanket once they find out someone is pregnant so they finish it BEFORE the baby arrives. To be honest the idea didn't cross my mind until I realized that no one on my husband's side of the family knits or crochets whereas almost everyone on my side of the family does. I was so used to grandmothers, mother and aunts jumping on projects immediately that anything that I would have made would be insignificant. Knowing that I could hand make something that would be unique and truly special for a family member motivated me to finally make that blanket I had always considered but never got around to.


I selected a simple double basket weave pattern, similar to the Expanded Basket Weave challenge square I made, that is a series of pearls and knits but has interesting texture and a cute pattern fitting for a baby boy. I wanted the overall dimensions to be stroller or crib size at 30" x 36" but because the pattern has so much stretch, my gauge calculations were a bit off.. the finished dimensions before blocking were actually 23" x 28" (I kept the same ratio for the length once I measured the width of the actual blanket).


I decided on a garder stitch boarder of 1" all around, which was 6 sts wide and 10 rows on edges. For my gauge calculations, I cast on 130 sts (needed multiple of 18*6 repeats + 10 sts + 12 sts for boarder) on size US 5 circular needles. I repeated the 18 rows of the pattern 12 times to get the adjusted length I wanted.

Here is the double basket weave pattern:
Cast on a multiple of 18 sts, plus 10 sts.
Row 1: Knit 11, * purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 12; repeat from * to last 17 stitches, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 11.
Row 2: Purl 1, * knit 8, [purl 2, knit 2] twice, purl 2; repeat from * to last 9 stitches, knit 8, purl 1.
Row 3: Knit 1, * purl 8, [knit 2, purl 2] twice, knit 2; repeat from * to last 9 stitches, purl 8, knit 1.
Row 4: Purl 11, * knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 12; repeat from * to last 17 stitches, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 11.
Repeat the last four rows once more.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: [Purl 2, knit 2] twice, purl 12, * knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, purl 12; repeat from * to last 8 stitches, [knit 2, purl 2] twice.
Row 11: [Knit 2, purl 2] twice, knit 2, * purl 8, [knit 2, purl 2] twice, knit 2; repeat from * to end.
Row 12: [Purl 2, knit 2] twice, purl 2, * knit 8, [purl 2, knit 2] twice, purl 2; repeat from * to end.
Row 13: [Knit 2, purl 2] twice, knit 12, * purl 2, knit 2, purl 2, knit 12; repeat from * to last 8 stitches, [purl 2, knit 2] twice.
Repeat the last four rows once more.
Row 18: Purl.
Repeat these eighteen rows for the pattern.

The yarn is a natural fiber BUT is washable. Something very important for an item that will be used by a small child. Knit Picks Swish DK in Green Tea Heather was just what I was looking for as it is soft, light weight and 100% super wash merino wool. I selected this beautiful green color to have  something gender neutral and it is very similar to the color of the blanket my grandmother knit for me when I was a baby. It's not as light green as I was thinking it would be but it is still a wonderful color.

After blocking, the finished dimensions are 25" x 30". I think the pattern is gorgeous and despite the smaller dimensions I think it is a great baby blanket! As he grows bigger it can be more of a security blanket, which I know I adored as a child for probably a lot longer than I should have...
If you know someone who is expecting, I highly recommend this yarn, this pattern, and these dimensions for a baby blanket that baby and family will cherish forever.

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